Type of plant: Tall shrubby tree with bipinnate leaves and a profusion of bright-yellow pom-pom shaped flowers and black seed pods
Part used: Flowers, leaves, and twigs
Method of extraction: Solvent extraction
Data: The mimosa shrub, which can grow over 10 feet high, has long been used in the traditional Aboriginal medicine of Australia, where its common name is wattle. In the south of France and Italy, where mimosa thrives well in the wild due to the high temperatures, it’s said to herald the start of spring. The bark was used in the tanning industry for its astringent effects. The flowers and leaves produce this highly perfumed absolute, which is utilized in perfumes and aftershaves. Mimosa is a close relative of cassie.
Principal places of production: France, India, Italy, Morocco
When buying look for: Viscous, golden yellow through greenish-brown liquid with a soft, green, warm, sweet, floral aroma and an almond note. This absolute is extremely sticky and sometimes has a solid appearance.
Therapeutic properties: Antiseptic, astringent, calmative, emollient
Therapeutic uses: Nervous tension, nerve-related conditions, stress-related fatigue, stress, depression, intestinal infection, diarrhea, upset stomach
Blends well with: Bergamot, carnation, cinnamon leaf, cistus, clove bud, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, ho wood, immortelle, jasmine, lavandin, lavender, lemon, mandarin, may chang, nutmeg, orange (sweet), palmarosa, petitgrain, rose maroc, spearmint, tuberose, vanilla, violet leaf, ylang ylang, yuzu
Precautionary advice: Best avoided during pregnancy and while breast-feeding.